Saturday, 16 February 2013

Cisco SPA112 - Backup - Restore Configuration Settings

Being able to backup your configuration settings is an invaluable tool.

The predecessors of the SPA112 VoIP ATA  (i.e. the PAP2T) did not have this built-in function.  So, I'm happy to discover that Cisco finally did the right thing this time around.

Performing the Configuration Backup and Restored procedure is now a strait forward and simple process on the SPA112.  So, I'll get right to it.

Performing A Configuration Backup Procedure
  1. Login to the SPA112 ATA.
       * I explain all you need to know about logging into the SPA112 in this article:
  2. Once logged-in, click on the Administration menu option.
  3. Click on the Configuration Management menu option in the left-hand window pane.
  4. Click on the Backup Configuration menu option, which is also in the left-hand window pane.
  5. Now, just click on the Backup button in the Backup Configuration window.

  6. This will now open the File Save As window:

  7. Navigate through your PC file directory menu until you find or create the place you want to store the current and future configuration settings for your SPA112 VoIP ATA.  (You will likely come back to here in the future to restore your settings, if needed).

    You may want to append or prepend the name of the backup file for greater clarity in the future for when you perform a restore.  Some people may want to have different versions of a configuration backup file for different purposes (multiple configuration schemes).  I know I will.

    Once you decided on a location and/or a name variation, click the Save button.
That's it.  We're done.  Now, at some point in the future when you feel the need to restore your backed-up configuration settings you can do it using this backup file (or from any others you may have created).

Important Note:
If you have previously changed the Administrator Username and Password (always a good idea), bear in mind that the configuration backup file will save these settings as they existed at the time of the backup.  Thus, at some point down the road, you may change the Admin PW again to something else, or perform a Factory Reset where the Admin Username and PW revert back to the default values.  Just remember, whatever the Admin Username and PW were at the time the config file is saved, is the same Admin credentials that will be restored when you restore the backup file.

Performing A Configuration Restore Procedure

For the purpose of illustration, I just performed a Factory Restore to Defaults on my SPA112.  This essentially wipes clean any configurable settings I may have made to the ATA.

Next, I will restore my settings back to what they were before performing the Factory Restore procedure.
  1. Login to the SPA112 ATA.
  2. Once logged-in, click on the Administration menu option.
  3. Click on the Configuration Management menu option in the left-hand window pane.
  4. Click on the Restore Configuration menu option, which is also in the left-hand window pane.
  5. Now, click on the Choose File button in the Restore Configuration window.

  6. Navigate through your PC file directory menu until you find the location of where you saved your previous configuration backup files.

  7. Select the file name you wish to restore to, and click on the Open button.
    You are now ready to begin the restore process.

  8. Click the Restore button.
    The ATA will begin uploading the selected configuration file contents to its memory...

    The initial uploading process duration will take ~ 25 seconds.
    During this time, the ATA power LED will begin flashing.

    After the data file has completed uploading, the "Restore is Successful" window will appear.

    At this point, you need to wait for the ATA to reboot and reinitialize itself.  The "Restore is Successful" window will remain visible for about ~ 60 seconds.
  9. The configuration utility Login page will reappear after about a total elapsed time of ~ 90 seconds.

    However, the power LED is still flashing which indicating the ATA is not really completely ready for use.  I recommend you wait another 15 seconds until after the Power LED stops flashing before attempting to log back-in.

    If you login too soon, you may be greeted by the "Voice Module Not Ready" message.

    The complete restore process will take ~ 90 to 120 seconds, or ~ 2 minutes.
Important Note:
The configuration file from which you restore will also restore the Admin credentials to what they were set at the time you created the backup config file.  If you can't remember what the Admin Username and PW were at the time you created the backup, it's possible you will not be able to log into the ATA once the configuration is restored using that file.